Given the struggles the Wake Forest basketball program has experienced in recent years, new head coach Danny Manning has his work cut out for him when it comes to turning things around in the ACC. Manning received an incredibly valuable boost to those efforts Sunday evening, as four-star point guard Bryant Crawford reportedly verbally committed to Wake Forest.
The news was first reported by Alex Kline of Rivals.com and Crawford confirmed the news via his Twitter account shortly thereafter.
Landing Crawford is a big development for Wake Forest, which missed out on 2015 forward Samir Sehic (who committed to Vanderbilt) last week. The 6-foot-2 Crawford, who attends Gonzaga HS in Washington, D.C., is Wake Forest’s first verbal commitment in the Class of 2015. Crawford took three official visits before making this decision, with his trip to Winston-Salem coming in between visits to SMU in late August and Georgetown last weekend.
Crawford missed part of his junior season at Gonzaga with a broken finger, but his play during the summer led to his stock rising in recruiting circles. Playing with the Team Takeover program Crawford averaged 12.7 points and 3.6 assists per contest in Nike EYBL play. He was also invited to the NBPA Top 100 Camp and LeBron James Skills Academy in July, with his dunk on LSU commit Ben Simmons being one of the highlights from the Top 100 camp.
The addition of Crawford gives Manning a player he can build around as he looks to revitalize the Wake Forest program. The job now is to take the momentum gained from Crawford’s commitment and use it to attract more players capable of helping the Demon Deacons compete in the ACC on a nightly basis.